August 8, 2013
A Woman's Picture (Bring tissues)
Disguised at first as a football picture, things turn turgid almost from the start. Older woman infatuates college boy and everything goes to hell until the tepid ending. Johnny Mack Brown brings a sincerity to his part. After he left MGM in 1931 Brown worked in several roles for several Poverty Row or "B" units of Universal and Paramount and others before hitting his stride a popular western star. The female leads Jeanette Loff and Roberta Gale are awful and they would be out of pictures in short time. I mean pathetic.
Behind the camera, the story was concocted by Elwood Ullman and Jack Natteford, who both would have long careers. Ullman writing comedy shorts and feature films for The Three Stooges. Natteford writing mostly good westerns. Sam Katzman ran the whole production and he went on to be a major "B" producer with his own company Victory Pictures, Monogram, Columbia and MGM where in the 1960's he produced several Elvis Presley films. The only other real standout in this mostly unknown cast is Tom London, who is most convincing as a football coach. Mostly seen in westerns into the 1960's this is a side of him we didn't see much.
Production values are pretty good for an 80 year old film. Picture and sound quality is fine. For buffs and Johnny Mack Brown devotees only as a curio.